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Creating a Family is an education and support nonprofit, not a placing adoption agency.  We have a heart for children who are harder to place and have included some of those children here.  It is tempting to fall in love with a child and then forget all else in your quest to adopt that child. This is a MISTAKE.  Take the time to learn about the child and his or her special need, the rigors and cost of adopting from that country, and to thoroughly research the agency. We provide a three-step process for selecting an adoption agency. Also, make sure you note the legal disclaimer language at the bottom of this page. We know it sounds like legal mumbo-gumbo, but we include it to make you think carefully before you act.  Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family, but you need to do your homework first. 

For more info on adopting a child with special needs go to the Creating a Family Special Need adoption page. For info on adopting an older child, go to the Creating a Family Older Child Adoption page. For a great discussion of specific types of special needs, go to the Rainbow Kids Special Needs page.



Waiting Child Lilly
"Lilly" - Asia 

Lilly was born in November 2012.  She is outgoing and loves to play with other children. She greets familiar faces with a smile and gets excited when she hears music. Lilly has some deformities in her extremities and has received multiple surgeries that have increased her mobility.   She can stand up but has not yet mastered the art of walking alone. While she faces physical limitations, Lilly is showing improvement and proves to be at the same cognitive development as her peers. With the help of a caring family, Lilly will thrive.

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!


Waiting Child Delayna

"Delayna" - Asia 

Delayna was born in 2009.  She has mild cerebral palsy mainly affecting oral muscles for chewing and speech.  Delayna is full of curiosity and finds enjoyment in music. While her expressive language appears to be affected by her cerebral palsy, her receptive language is noted to be good. Delayna has joined a foster family and has improved tremendously under their care. She is now 5 years old and an update from July 2014 shares that “she can now call out of to her foster family".  She knows all the family and their names. She knows some daily necessities, such as putting on shoes, using the telephone, folding towels. She can understand adults instructions, such as "take this over to the bench, put things in the trash bag," and so on.  She has normal aspects of limb movement, but does have difficulty eating as her chewing is poor.”

Watch a video of Delayna:

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Waiting Child Devi 

"Devi" - Asia 

Devi was born in 2011.  She has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Devi is most comfortable with people and environments that she knows.  Whenever she laughs she reveals two sweet little dimples. Currently she can stand independently five to ten seconds or so. She can respond to her name in a timely response. She isn’t yet able to express her wishes in words. She likes brightly colored toys with sound.

Watch a video of Devi:

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"Daphne" - Asia

Daphne was born in 2009 with psycho-motor delay. She is making wonderful progress through her rehabilitation training. She is walking some distance without having to have support. She can now stand independently. Daphne has a more timid personality but in her familiar environment she likes to play with toys with her friends. 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


"Preston" - Eastern Europe

Preston was born in summer 2009 and has been diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.  Preston has also had a few epileptic seizures in his life, but treatment was discontinued in January 2011 due to lack of seizures.  His developmental delays are mild. Preston can walk independently and stably and goes up and down stairs holding on to a railing.  He eats unassisted and is learning how to undress.  Preston is not yet potty-trained, but will use a toilet when given the opportunity. Preston understands everything that is said to him, follows instructions very well, and correctly answers questions with yes or no.  He repeats many syllables and words and knows the names of the other children and staff.  He can label his body parts, sort objects by a common criterion, build towers, complete a shape sorter, and scribble.  Preston plays well with many different toys and even knows how to participate in board games. Preston is an active boy who prefers interactions with adults, but also likes to join his peers in shared activities, especially when music and movement are involved.  

Update July 2014: Our in-country representative visited Preston and found him to be a charming little gentleman who has appropriate and positive social behavior.  Preston enjoys being involved in educational activities and strives for perfection when completing a task.  He is very smart, seeks approval and praise from adults, and asks for help when necessary. Preston can undress without assistance and does well taking turns. He completes inset puzzles, stacks rings, knows his name, gender and age, recognizes colors, and can arrange objects in patterns shown to him. Preston is very communicative and, despite his delays with expressive speech, easily makes his wishes, opinions and observations known.  He understands everything that is said to him and responds accordingly.  Our in-country representative was quite impressed with his development and believes that he would flourish in a family.

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


"Austin" - Eastern Europe

Austin was born in 2012.  He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus for which he received a shunt in early infancy as well as spina bifida aperta and lumbar myelocele.  Austin also has a hernia and a right club foot. Austin cannot roll over, crawl, sit unassisted, stand, or walk at this time, but he has head control and has full use of his arms and hands.  He plays with toys and especially likes musical ones. Austin can bang toys together and put objects into a box. Austin is an emotional child who rejoices in interactions with familiar adults.  He is speaking single words. Austin is waiting for parents that can meet his medical and therapeutic needs and provide him with a patient and loving family environment.

Update July 2014: Our in-country representative visited Austin and found him to be a positive, bright, and interactive child who is in good medical condition.  Austin's shunt was installed before he was one month old and he currently has a normal head circumference of 46 cm. Even though Austin does not currently have control over the lower half of his body, he is very active.  His arms are strong and his fine motor skills are well developed. He can turn pages of books, throw balls, transfer objects between his hands, and pull himself around. Austin is looking for affection and attention from adults and has formed a very close bond with one of his caretakers whom he calls mama.  He babbles many different sounds and syllables, imitates words, makes animal sounds, and tries to sing. 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  

"Eden" - Eastern Europe

Eden was born in June 2007 and has been diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis with rotation and lordosis of the fourth degree.  The position of some of her internal organs deviates slightly from the norm and some of her organs are a little smaller than typical because of her skeletal differences.  However, her major organs appear to be healthy and working according to their function. Eden's gross motor development is impaired due to her scoliosis, but she does walk and run independently.  Her cognitive development is age appropriate.  She speaks in complete sentences, recites poetry and loves to sing songs. Eden is in great need of surgical treatment and therapies for her scoliosis under the loving wings of a dedicated forever family.

From a family who met Eden in May 2014:  Eden is our daughter's best friend at the orphanage. Both girls love to play together and share their things.  Eden is a very sweet child who lights up a room.  Her ability to walk unassisted impressed us tremendously.  She is fully potty-trained and her self-help skills are age appropriate.  Eden makes conversation and understands what is happening in her environment.  This lovely girl would bring so much joy to a family.

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  

 "Rose" - Eastern Europe

Rose is 9 years old. She has been diagnosed with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and significant delays. She is a young girl with a great heart! She loves interacting with staff and other children. She is very personable and outgoing. She loves to play games and enjoys building things. She participates in all the games that she can!

For more information on Rose or information on other waiting children, please email or visit



 "Ivy and Raquel" - Eastern Europe

Ivy (age - 10) and Raquel (age - 12) are sisters that need to be adopted together. Raquel is noted to be of normal physical and mental development. She is described as friendly and imaginative with the potential for good success, particularly in school. Ivy is noted to be of normal physical and mental development. She is described as outgoing and active and enjoys playing outdoors.

For more information on Ivy and Raquel or information on other waiting children, please email or visit

"Hollix" - Asia 

Hollix was born in October 2007. She has cerebral palsy and has had postoperative correction of lower limbs. In May of 2010, Hollix received lumbosacral dorsal rhizotomy and both lower limb correction under GE. Her limb spasms improved after surgery and there were no complications. Hollix healed after about 2 weeks and was discharged from the hospital. She is healthier now due to the help of her caretakes. Hollix is currently in a foster care home with 6 other children. She goes to public school and is able to walk independently and participate with her classmates in their activities. Her favorite subject is writing. She is able to write her name and can recognize more than 50 words. 

Video of Hollix:

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 Waiting Child - Ozzie

"Ozzie" - Asia 

Ozzie was born in 2006.  He has severe mental development disorder and Cerebral PalsyOzzie is outgoing, active and always smilingHe enjoys being part of the group and having the attention of his caregivers. He is fond of watching cartoons and imitating people’s actions from it. His teacher taught him a poem from a popular video in China and now Ozzie knows the entire song with dance movements. He is clever, and has strong understanding ability. He is able to understand adult’s instructions and can finish what he is doing according to teacher’s requirement. His fingers are more and more flexible. He can hold a pen in a hand, and write numbers from 1 to 10. In the class of fine motor, he is able to wear the beads correctly and skillfully; he also can play puzzles well; when having a meal, he can use the spoon to have a meal. Sometimes, he would remind the teacher to put on the bib for him in order to make the clothes dirty; so, he has developed good meals habits. Now he can go to toilet without help, with hands holding the door and taking off his trousers. His self-care ability is better and better. He likes to play with children. He has outgoing personality and gets along well with children. By the rehabilitation training, he can walk by the walking aid, and can control the walking aid more and more flexible.

Video of Ozzie: 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


Waiting Child - Taisha

"Taisha" - Asia 

Taisha was born in 2006. She has been diagnosed with PhenylketonuriaTaisha has been through an adoptive dissolution while still in China. It has taken time to get her legally untangled and eligible for a new placement.  She was found and admitted to her CWI when she was approximately 20 months old. At the time of admission, she was weak lower legs and delayed in her muscle development. At her intake physical examination she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy but that diagnosis is not found on her medical reports and she currently walks, runs, and attends school. Subsequent lab work diagnosed her with PKU. Taisha is a cheerful and gregarious little girl who is ready to move forward to a family of her own. She likes listening to music. Whenever she hears music she gets very excited. She is eating and drinking independently and able to independently take off clothes , make her bed, and pick up her toy box.

Watch Taisha’s video here:

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


Waiting Child - Shannon 

"Shannon" - Asia 

Shannon was born in 2011.  She has visual impairment (low vision). 
She was previously thought to have strabismus, but adequate vision. However, as she has grown from her infancy into toddlerhood it has become more apparent that she has much more limited vision. She was recently met by CHI staff in July 2014 where it was determined that Shannon can see light. How much more she can see is not clear and will require a specialized pediatric eye evaluation. She has developmental delays but it is uncertain if this is due to much weaker vision than earlier thought. Shannon is now 3 years old and has a contented personality. She is quiet, fond of playing with toys, has good physical development and is well-balanced. 

Watch Shannon's video here (2014):

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


 Waiting Child Darran

"Darran" - Asia 

Darran was born in July of 2009.  He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and developmental delays.  He is a gregarious and well liked boy.  He is creative and likes to play games of imagination with his friends.  He also likes toys and balls.  He currently lives with a foster family and is close with them. 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!  


 Waiting Child Jackman

"Jackman" - Asia

Jackman was born in July 2003.  He is congenital deaf and mute.  He recently met with CHI staff on 4/25/2014.  He is an especially engaging and confident boy who told the team he wished to be adopted by a family.  Jackman currently attends the school for the deaf in his city and boards there from Monday to Fridays and returns to his Children’s Welfare Institution for the weekends.  He communicates with the CWI staff mainly through writing.  He will need a family fluent in American Sign Language.  Jackman is truly an amazing child who has found how to succeed even faced with many challenges in his young life.  Imagine what he can do with a family cheering him on! 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child! 

Waiting Child Hagan 

"Hagan" - Asia

Hagan was born in May of 2006. His special needs include: amyotrophia of left lower limb, decrease of left muscular tension, abnormal function of left limbs, poor motion.  Hagan has been living in the orphanage since May of 2012. He has a ready smile and is talkative. He likes playing with other children, enjoys outdoor activities, and his teachers are fond of him. He can take good care of himself and does things independently. But he is mentally delayed compared to other children his age. His present physical state: left foot he uses toes to walk, can use left hand to hold things, but he can not use left hand to get things on his own initiative. He was diagnosed as: hemiplegic paralysis of left side. Hagan had an MRI check that shows the following: 1. right basal ganglia region encephalomalacia with the right angular of skull becomes mild thin (disus); 2. inflammatory change of complete set of Mucous membrane of accessory sinus. 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child! 


"Fiona" - Eastern Europe

Fiona is a bright and charming 8 year old little girl in need of a forever family. Although this is clearly an older picture of this child, this is unfortunately the latest picture available at this time. Fiona has many special needs and will need a family with patience and ability to support her long-term. She is described as a sensitive child who enjoys playing. 

For more information on Fiona or any other waiting children, please email or visit



Waiting Child Steven

“Steven” -  Eastern Europe

Steven was born in March 2004 and diagnosed with arthrogryposis (stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles), bilateral club feet, and dislocated hips. For more information on arthrogyposis visit the Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support, Inc website.

Steven walks independently. He is a sociable and smart boy who attends school, communicates well, and is kind to other children. Additional photos, videos and reports are available upon request. 

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!


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“Penelope”-  Eastern Europe

Penelope was born in June of 2012 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephaly (abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities of the brain called ventricles). She has already received two shunts. Her caretakers have noticed she is a little restless again lately, so they feel that something may be wrong with her shunting again. So, she will soon be taken to the doctor for follow up. We are gathering more information on Penelope and hope to have updates soon. Additional photos and videos available upon request. For more information on hydrocephaly visit the Hydrocephalus Association website.

Update April 2013: Penelope had a new shunt in January of 2013 and in March they did revision of that shunt. She is currently doing very well; reacting to her surroundings, playing with her hands and with toys, and making little noises. She is able to grasp little toys and hold them as well. It is very hard to make her smile, as she is a serious little girl. Her caretakers report that Penelope is very sensitive and you have to be very gentle with her. If you raise your voice just a little she will start to cry. Her caretakers think that it is hard to make her smile due to her experience of multiple medical procedures at the hospital - she is very cautious.

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!


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“Laura”-  Eastern Europe

Laura was born in November of 2009. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and was seen by a cardiologist in December 2009. She was found to have an open oval window of diameter without hemodynamic disorders. There has been no further need for cardiologic control. From May 2010 to July 2010, Laura wore an orthesis for her head, due to right sided plagiocephaly. Following this treatment, doctors determined that her head configuration is satisfactory and no further treatment was needed. Laura receives physiotherapy and speech therapy services and has made great progress in a relatively short time! Her caregivers report that she is a sweet girl who likes playing with toys and spending time with other children. Photos and videos available upon request. 

Updates from February & March 2013: Our agency staff representative visited Laura in February and March and our Executive Director visited Laura in February. They provided the following update: Laura is healthy and joyful as usual. She is very active and affectionate. She can entertain herself but likes attention very much. She does not walk yet, but is able to climb up the couch or on the chair or back to the floor. She does not say any words yet. She enjoys listening to music, rocks back and forth to the beat. She has a good appetite! Laura has a best friend in her orphanage and likes to play on her own or with him most of the time. Laura is in a bilingual orphanage, one of which is English, so she is used to hearing English and her native language. We have updated photos available upon request!

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!


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“Neal”-  Eastern Europe

Neal has wavy brown hair and big, brown eyes. He has been diagnosed with perinatal encephalopathy (brain damage of unknown etiology from the birth trauma or general weakness of the CNS due to birth trauma) and psychomotor development delay. We have reports that his doctor has stated that there is a possibility that Neal may be able to walk in the future, but there are no guarantees. He is able to express himself very well. He is a very kind little boy and is very much loved. Additional photos, video and personal information available upon request. 

Update from January 2013: Our agency staff representative visited Neal in January and provided the following update. Neal speaks, understands the speech addressed to him, and recognizes everybody. He is very articulate, using complex sentences and knows poems and songs by heart. With physical therapy he has acquired better head control and is using his hands more. Therapists are working on his legs as well. With the help of physical therapy his doctors feel he will, little by little, develop his muscles. At this point he can stand for a second, which is big progress. Plus he is very smart and he himself wants to stand, walk and be stronger. It is very touching when he says so. It has only been a year and a half that he has been at the orphanage, and all that period of time they have done therapy, only not so intensive. If an intensive therapy was available for him he would have better progress. Measurements for December: Weight: 14 kg 300 g; Length: 93 cm; Head circumference: 51 cm; Chest circumference: 53 cm

Contact the adoption agency to get more information on this child!


Photolisting of US Kids:

  • Children Awaiting Parents is a national non-profit that recruits foster and adoptive parents for special needs children.  
  • AdoptUsKids The only national, federally funded photolisting service for children in foster care.  These children are available immediately for adoption. I love this database since you can search based on many characteristics including age and type of special need.
  • State Adoption Exchanges provide information on children waiting for adoption by state.  States vary on how much information they provide on the children.
  • State Adoption Photolisting Services provides pictures and a brief descriptions of the children in that State's foster care system who are available for adoption and waiting for families. Some of these sites are the same as the State Adoption Exchanges, but these show pictures.
  • Heart Galleries In My State  has contacts in each state and links to pictures (if available in the state) of children in all 50 States.
  • Rainbow Kids has a great database that allows you to search for children available world wide for adoption (including the US) by handicapping condition. They list about 50 handicaps and provide information and pictures (when allowed by the birth country).
  • Iowa KidsNet provides information on foster care adoption in the State of Iowa.





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